Members of the Munshi-South lab at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center are dedicated to understanding the behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary impacts of large-scale human disturbance on wild vertebrate populations. Current lab projects are primarily focused on understanding the evolutionary implications of urbanization for wildlife in the New York City metropolitan area. We study urban populations as model systems of rapid microevolution, but also aim to provide data for urban conservation and restoration efforts. To this end we collaborate with local government agencies and non-profits. See the lab Research and Publications pages for more information on current and past projects. The interviews and presentations below give a brief, non-technical introduction.
NEWS & NOTESNSF REU position for one undergrad to study Ychr diversity of rats in Summer 2016. Please apply!
RECENT / UPCOMING TALKS
02/24/2016: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
04/13/2016: Pace University
New paper published in Evolutionary Applications that uses ddRAD-Seq to examine genome-wide variation in white-footed mice along an urban-to-rural gradient.
Two new preprints posted to BioRxiv that 1) use population genomic data to infer historical demography of urban white-footed mouse populations and then 2) identify outlier loci indicative of local adaptation in urban populations using selection scans and genotype-by-environment approaches.
Lab awarded a NSF MRI grant along with three colleagues to purchase a liquid-handling robot for the Louis Calder Center.
Lab awarded NSF DEB grant to study the cityscape genomics and adaptations of rats (Rattus norvegicus)! More details here and in a New York Times Magazine story.
New paper on transcriptome resources for urban and rural white-footed mice published in Molecular Ecology Resources.
The lab's research on evolution in urban rodents is featured in a story by Ferris Jabr in the Daily Intelligencer / New York magazine. Jason is also interviewed for a story in Wired about rats.
New "Concepts and Questions" paper on urban ecology that resulted from an IGNITE session at the 2013 ESA meeting published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment.
Jason was interviewed by National Geographic Radio about the evolution of urban rodents in NYC.
The Summer field crew trapping rats in Manhattan is featured in a gallery on the CNN Photos blog. Photos by Johnny Milano. Laura Booth also wrote about the lab's research for a story in the Columbia Spectator.
Fordham University produced a story and video about the lab's new research projects examining evolution in NYC rats. Jason also talked to The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC about rats.